Andrew Martinez, D’Angelo Martinez, Jason Schneck, Devon Troxell, and Cody Velez likely won’t be remembered as one of the productive senior units in the annals of Catasauqua boys’ basketball.
Most of them are logging meaningful varsity minutes for the first time this winter during a season in which the Roughies will be in a transition year with a number of sophomores also seeing significant playing time in a campaign that had a 1-5 record at the holiday break.
Catasauqua head girls’ basketball coach Mark Seremula sees one of this team’s issues simply explained – put the ball in the basket.
With a 50-35 defeat to Pen Argyl Monday night, the Roughies (1-5) dropped their fourth consecutive game, all of them being Colonial League contests.
After losing to host Tamaqua in their tournament, Catty beat Lincoln Leadership, 44-25 in the consolation game.
Since then, they had lost league games to Bangor, Salisbury, and Palmerton.
For the Catasauqua boys’ basketball team, it truly is a process.
The Roughies lost their second all-time leading scorer and returned a team with a handful of seniors and a promising group of sophomores.
As a result, time will tell.
Catty entered this week without a win in their first four games of the season. They have dropped games to Nazareth (80-34), Bangor (73-47), Palmerton (82-54), and Salisbury (63-49).
However, Catty (1-4) notched its first win of the season with a 51-40 victory at Pen Argyl Monday night.
Catasauqua’s wrestling program was looking for a springboard for the upcoming dual meet season that began against Southern Lehigh Wednesday night.
They found one in their own tournament.
Catty finished fourth from a 10-team field in their annual Rough Rider Tournament last weekend. The Roughies accumulated 121 points behind champion Lake Lehman.
“The kids wrestled really tough,” said Roughies’ head coach Joe Russo. “We can now look forward to building off this success for our dual meet season. We had a number of kids who did well.”
Last season, Isaiah Graves shot his way into the Roughies’ record books as one of their all-time leading scorers.
Jaylen Green was the perfect complement to Graves, and the duo paced the team to the district Class 3A semifinals and an overall 15-10 record.
This season, it won’t be as easy. For starters, Graves graduated and Green transferred to Allentown Central Catholic.
As a result, the Roughies are left with primarily an energetic group of seniors and sophomores who are looking to maintain their status.
Catasauqua’s girls’ basketball program achieved their first goal at the Tamaqua tournament last weekend.
They certainly did it with some grit and determination.
Gaining a split in their two games, the Roughies were confident as they began Colonial League play this week. Catty dropped its opening game to host and eventual tournament champion Tamaqua, 61-10, and then rebounded the next day with a 44-25 win over Lincoln Leadership.
For a team coming off a 4-18 record, expectations may not be expected to be high.
But don’t tell that to Catasauqua head girls basketball coach Mark Seremula. The Roughies’ first-year coach has liked what he has seen from his team on the verge of the upcoming season.
“Things are going well,” said Seremula. “We are ahead of where I thought we would be at this stage. We still have a ways to go to where we want to be. We missed some practices due to the weather.
“We just have to keep working hard to keep a good feel for things.”
Since his youth, Zack Bradley always has been infatuated with coaching.
It stemmed from his father Steve’s long career as well as former Liberty head football coach and longtime family friend Tim Moncman.
“Since I was little, I used to watch the Liberty team practice and their games,” said Bradley, the former Roughies quarterback who is the school’s all-time passing yards and touchdown leader. “I always wanted to coach and looked up to a coach Moncman.
“He and my father always have had a big influence over me.”
Now that connection is much closer.
Catasauqua first –year head field hockey coach Emily Marley didn’t base her season on wins and losses.
Instead, it was adjusting to a new system in place as well as a process. The Roughies recently ended their season with an 0-18 mark.
Their campaign was marred by a series of mishaps.
“It was not exactly how I wanted it to go,” said Marley about the season. “This definitely was a rebuilding year. We had a lot of freshmen and sophomores out there.
For the Catasauqua girls’ soccer team, it was about getting to the next level.
That didn’t necessary involve wins and losses, but it was about effort.
The sixth-seeded Roughies stunned third-seeded Tri-Valley, 3-2, in the opening round of districts, but they then suffered a hard-fought, 1-0 defeat to second-seeded Moravian Academy in the semifinals. It was Catty’s first win in district play since 2007 when they eventually advanced to the state finals.